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The CHA essentially stopped acquiring scattered site public housing units in the late '90s as the agency's attentions turned to razing and replacing large-scale housing blocks. The CHA produced 1,602 scattered site units from 1989-2000, in partnership with Habitat Co., but just 30 in the next ten years. The new long-range target, reported by Crain's: 2,500 units in several "opportunity areas", defined as "communities with crime rates less than the city's average, that offer public transit access and where existing subsidized housing units make up less than 15 percent of the residential stock." Partnering developers (with thick skin) are invited to climb aboard. [Crain's, previously]